Last fact-checked: 3 February 2020
Bariatric surgery is the general term used for a number of procedures that restrict the amount of food the stomach can hold and/or creates malabsorption of calories.
This restriction is incredibly effective in promoting weight loss and the surgery is often used to treat morbidly obese patients who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise.
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The roux-en-y gastric bypass is currently the world’s most commonly performed bariatric procedure. It works by surgically dividing your stomach and creating a smaller stomach ‘pouch’. The small intestine is also divided and the bottom end joined to the small stomach pouch. The larger part of the stomach and the top part of the small intestine are thus bypassed when food is consumed.
Weight loss occurs because the stomach can only hold smaller amounts; therefore, fewer calories are consumed. Secondly, because the small intestine is shortened, there is less intestine to absorb calories and nutrients. The diversion of food promotes changes in gut hormones, which suppresses hunger and gives a feeling of fullness.
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure removes around 80% of the stomach, leaving only a banana-shaped tubular pouch.
In the same way as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, weight loss occurs because calorie intake is restricted due to the substantially smaller portions of food that can be eaten comfortably. As well as not being able to eat as much, you won’t feel hungry either.
The adjustable gastric band is the only reversible bariatric procedure. Here, a small pouch is formed in the top part of the stomach by using an inflatable band to section-off the upper portion of the stomach from the rest of the stomach below. The band creates a small opening between the two parts of the stomach—the smaller the opening the more full you will feel, thereby reducing your food and calorie intake.
The band can be adjusted gradually by being filled with saline, which is injected through a port under the skin.
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS):
This procedure is carried out in two parts. First, like the sleeve gastrectomy, a portion of the stomach is removed leaving a small, tubular pouch. Secondly, like the gastric bypass, the second part of the small intestine is joined to the stomach, bypassing the upper part of the small intestine. However, unlike the other procedures, a large part of the bowel (about three-quarters) is bypassed.
In the same way as the other bariatric procedures, weight loss occurs because smaller portions are consumed as a result the reduced the size of the stomach. As the small intestine is shortened, there is also a much smaller area that can absorb calories and nutrients. The procedure also has a bearing on gut hormones, so feelings of hunger are diminished.
Your doctor will assess whether you are a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery, and discuss with you the pros and cons of each method. Although bariatric surgery is a reasonably safe procedure, it must be noted that all surgery carries a small risk, and if you are clinically obese, you may well have some other medical problems that may exacerbate your risk.
You will also need to discuss the prospect of flying abroad for treatment, as this may cause certain logistical problems depending on your size.
Any surgery is a major undertaking and none more so than bariatric procedures. There is a number of things you must consider that may cause problems for morbidly obese patients, such as flying to Bangkok and attending follow-up appointments in Bangkok.
If you can overcome these problems, bariatric surgery in Bangkok should be no riskier than staying at home. This is because Thailand and its capital of Bangkok are renowned medical tourism destinations, with some of the highest standards of healthcare in the world. If you are used to public healthcare rather than private, the facilities here will seem particularly luxurious.
New, modern hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment are the norm in all of our background-checked partner hospitals in Bangkok that treat international patients. Although cost may be the primary factor for choosing Bangkok at the start of your search, this soon becomes a secondary consideration when weighing up the standards of care available. In fact, it is actually the consistently high standards that have drawn international patients back here year upon year.
The high-standards permeate every aspect of care in Bangkok, from the moment you walk through the hospital doors, to the moment you leave. Courtesy, efficiency and customer care are all customary, making the entire patient experience as stress-free and comfortable as possible. Surgeons here are as highly skilled and trained as your surgeon at home, and are likely to be members of the same international professional organizations, such as the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO).
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This depends on what procedure you have done. For a gastric band, you will probably be discharged within 24 hours, whereas for the other, more permanent procedures you will usually require a few days in hospital, followed by another couple of days’ rest before you can fly home.
On average, bariatric surgery in Bangkok is around AUD $10,000, whereas in Australia it can be as much as AUD $28,000. This price will differ depending on what procedure you are having, as well as how long you need to stay in hospital.
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Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS). Mayo Clinic. 28 May 2018.
What Is Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery? WebMD. 25 December 2018.
International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). Website accessed: 3 February 2019.
Why is Thailand so popular for medical tourists? The Thaiger. 19 February 2019.